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The Unity of ConsciousnessBinding, Integration, and Dissociation$
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Axel Cleeremans and Chris Frith

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198508571

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508571.001.0001

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Oscillatory synchrony as a signature for the unity of visual experience in humans

Oscillatory synchrony as a signature for the unity of visual experience in humans

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(p.153) Chapter 2.4 Oscillatory synchrony as a signature for the unity of visual experience in humans
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The Unity of Consciousness
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Catherine Tallon-Baudry

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508571.003.0008

In the last decade a series of experiments in animals and humans pointed towards a functional role of oscillatory synchrony in linking together the different functional areas involved in the processing of the same visual object. In other words, oscillatory synchronization could provide the neural link between pieces of information spread all over the brain. It could thus account for our unified and coherent experience of the visual world. This mechanism has therefore been proposed to underlie the generation of object representations. Does it imply that it is a putative neural correlate of consciousness? It remains unclear whether representations are necessarily conscious. However, representations can be considered as the content of consciousness. A better understanding of their neural substrate should provide new insights on the neural correlates of consciousness.

Keywords:   oscillatory synchrony, visual experience, neural link, neural correlate of consciousness, neural processes, object representation

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